Milan Rysa, the Astoria bodybuilder who allegedly threw his dog out a window to its death, will be spending a little more time in prison as he awaits his next court date.
Rysa was in Queens Criminal Court on Friday, but the case was adjourned until Oct. 7, because he had not yet received a psychiatric evaluation as requested by his attorney, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
After he was initially arrested on Sept. 12, Rysa posted the $3,000 bail and was released, but after his first court date on Sept. 22 he was sent to Rikers Island where he continues to be held, as is the procedure whenever someone requests a psychiatric exam, according Kevin Ryan, a spokesman for the Queens DA.
Rysa, 30, allegedly tossed his 50-pound Shar-Pei, Brooklyn, out of his apartment window on Steinway Street at around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, Ryan said. He is charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing the animal and second-degree reckless endangerment because the canine nearly struck two women before hitting the pavement. He could face two years in prison, if convicted.
The bodybuilder may have been suffering from roid rage, extremely aggressive or hostile behavior associated with taking large doses of steroids. Some studies suggest that the condition is not a suitable legal defense for a person who has committed violent acts, since the individual may already have such tendencies.
Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, based in Astoria, organized a protest vigil in Brooklyn’s memory on Sept. 20 outside Rysa’s apartment. One attendee pasted a flier with the word “murderer” above a picture of the dead dog on Rysa’s building, while other attendees held photos of the bodybuilder with the words “puppy killer” written across them.